My Emily by Matt Patterson

“Our lives, as short as they may be, are a test. And one of the biggest tests we can endure is how we respond to those moments when we don’t feel the presence of God in our lives. I believe deeply that one of God’s greatest gifts is to teach us there is a purpose behind every single one of our trials or problems.

Treat them as a gift, an opportunity to move forward and draw closer to God. Problems often times compel us to look to God and count on him, rather than ourselves.”

~ Matt Patterson, My Emily


This book tells the story of a hurting family, an amazing little girl and a mysteriously faithful God.

Emily wasn’t born perfect – so one might think.

She was born with Down Syndrome and many would jump to the conclusion that she would have very little hope for a life with any significance. Two years later came the diagnosis of leukemia. What little hope remaining turned to no hope whatsoever – or so one might think.

The life of this little girl, with all its perceived imperfections, had great meaning. Her loving nature and courage touched the hearts of everyone she met. She also taught them how to value their own lives – even with their many “imperfections.”

Honorable Award Winner – 2012 Reader’s Favorite Book Awards
Finalist – 2012 National Indie Excellence Book Awards
Finalist – 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

 (Synopsis and image via Goodreads)

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My Thoughts:

Matt and Bonnie Patterson anticipated nothing more than a healthy baby. He wants a boy. She wants a girl. And what they received was an extraordinary gift!

Many consider a special needs child to be damaged goods, imperfect. But not so if you have the love to look beyond. Beyond the special needs, the extra cost, the disappointment, the hurt when others turn the other way.

Emily Patterson came into this world a Downs Syndrome baby, and two years later she was diagnosed with leukemia. A hard blow to a family who had come to love her, Emily’s gift is not yet complete.

Matt Patterson is a gifted writer, and in this tribute to this tiny child of his, Emily’s father both celebrates and grieves her death. The story, however, is not found in Emily’s special needs, her leukemia or her death. It is found after all that has become history. Emily has a gift that keeps on giving.

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My Recommendation: 

My Emily requires three things of its readers: time to read it in one sitting (which is easy), a beautifully brewed cup of tea, and a box of Kleenex. Poignant, painful and loving, Matt’s recounting of Emily and her family’s story is one that will stay with you long after you’ve closed the back cover. Parents and families with special needs children will find this book an extraordinary look into another family’s struggles and pain. However, everyone who reads My Emily will come away changed forever.

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Meet the Author:

Matt Patterson, author of My EmilyMatt Patterson is a highly sought-after inspirational speaker, as well as an award-winning and international best-selling author.

His first published work – My Emily – has been an Amazon top-rated best-seller. This debut book has also received recognition as an award winner and finalist in the Readers Favorite Book Reviews & Awards Contest, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, as well as the National Indie Excellence Book Awards.

Matt’s background includes 20-plus years in marketing communications, public and media relations, as well as print and broadcast journalism. In addition, he is an Air Force veteran, having earned the Air Force Commendation Medal and Air Force Achievement Award.

In addition to speaking and writing, he volunteers his time to helping organizations and charities dedicated to assisting families with children who have special needs or those battling pediatric cancers.

To learn more about Matt and how you can bring him to speak at your next conference or event, please visit or

(Bio and image via Amazon)

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Kindle Publication Date: November 8, 2011
Publisher: Matt Patterson
Genre: Memoir, Nonfiction
File Size: 446 KB
ASIN: B0064WD744
Source: Personal Library


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2 thoughts on “My Emily by Matt Patterson

  1. Jennine G. January 27, 2014 at 6:44 pm Reply

    I believe this too! That the hardest things in life are to point us to God.


    • Sherrey Meyer January 27, 2014 at 7:41 pm Reply

      Jennine, yes, this is so true and it is so hard. Thanks for stopping by!


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